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Questions pertaining to aircraft which get their lift from the shape of the fuselage rather than wings.

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Do Blended Wing Bodies produce more induced drag compared to a conventional tube and wing design? Does this affect its performance?

Blended wing bodies can produce more lift by its aerofoil configuration. It has been shown to produce up to a 30% decrease in fuel burn due to its additional lift, compared to a tube and wing plane. ...
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Can one tell if a craft is a lifting body or a flying wing just by looking at it?

Recent news that the "reusable lifting-body spaceplane" Dream Chaser has arrived at Kennedy Space Center and may launch in August launched led me to read Wikipedia's Lifting body which ...
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What should be the size of a lifting body aircraft that can carry 5 passengers (385kg/850lbs)?

So I just want to know the size of an aircraft with a lifting body that would fly at low altitudes (around 40 meters/100 feet), and at low speeds (maximum 200 km/h 124 mph). But I don't know if these ...
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Do all Fuselage sections have same performances?

The Burnelli machines had an airfoil shaped fuselage; some indicate near 10% of lift in a 21 century airliner comes from fuselage; 'Flying Wing' concept is old, and still attracts many; bottom of ...
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